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Published: Friday, March 16, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Siri to the rescue

What would Steve do? Apple releases its new iPad today at its retail stores, which means Apple fanatics began lining up Thursday night to be among the first to get the popular tablet computers.

Customers whose enthusiasm for waiting in line began to flag were advised to use their iPhones to ask Siri for reassurance that the iPad was worth the wait.

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Pay me now or pay me later: Public financial support of higher education has eroded in recent years as public colleges now get more than 43 percent of their revenue from student tuition, compared to 30 percent just a decade ago.

But the disparity should be relatively short-lived, as many of those students who paid higher tuition will eventually default on their federally subsidized student loans.

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How low can you go? James Cameron, director of watery blockbusters "Titanic" and "The Abyss," plans to lead a six-hour exploration of the Mariana Trench in his sub, dubbed Deepsea Challenger, with a National Geographic camera team along for the ride. The trench is believed to be the deepest part of the ocean.

Cameron plans to dive nearly seven miles below the ocean's surface, a depth where it's possible the NatGeo cameras will catch a glimpse of Congress' approval rating.

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